According to a new report by Bild, Bayern Munich and Thomas Muller have agreed on a two year contract extension. With agreement on the salary still pending, Muller is set to remain with the Bavarians until 2023. This news will come as a relief to the club faithful — and a sign that contract negotiations with key players are proceeding as planned.
Here’s Christian Falk with the confirmation tweet:
The main question is whether Bayern will raise Müller’s salary. Müller is believed to earn approximately €15 million per year. If Bayern puts him alongside Robert Lewandowski at the very top of the hierarchy, there is nothing to stand in the way of an agreement for two years. Bild speculates, however, that Bayern and Müller could agree to an additional year, seeing him under contract through 2024, if Müller’s wages remain the same.
Needless to say, this is great news for fans of Bayern Munich, as Muller has been on a roll since Hansi Flick took over from Niko Kovac. The Raumdeuter is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world right now, rivaled only by Kevin De Bruyne in terms of sheer output. He leads the Bundesliga in assists this season and was on course to break the Belgian’s record for most assists in a single league season before the coronavirus played spoilsport to the proceedings.
Despite rumors that Bayern may target Kai Havertz or Timo Werner next summer, a contract extension should send the message that Muller is here to stay and make either of those transfers somewhat redundant. Hopefully, the club and the player come to an agreement on a new salary as soon as possible, so we can finally get the confirmation we’ve been waiting for.